Report of the Committee to study development in hill states arising from management of forest lands with special focus on creation of infrastructure, livelihood and human development

A Planning Commission panel recently recommended allocation of 2 per cent of annual gross budgetary support (to the Twelfth Plan) per year to the 11 Himalayan states, including seven in the Northeast. The amount, at current levels would work out to be about Rs 10,000 crore, to be earmarked for balance period of the Twelfth Plan. The study was entitled Development in Hill States arising from Management of Forest Lands with Special focus on Creation of Infrastructure, Livelihood and Human Development.The scope of the study was confined to eleven Himalayan states viz. J&K, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim, and seven NE states.